/wayd/, v., waded, wading, n.v.i.1. to walk in water, when partially immersed: He wasn't swimming, he was wading.2. to play in water: The children were wading in the pool most of the afternoon.3. to walk through water, snow, sand, or any other substance that impedes free motion or offers resistance to movement: to wade through the mud.4. to make one's way slowly or laboriously (often fol. by through): to wade through a dull book.5. Obs. to go or proceed.v.t.6. to pass through or cross by wading; ford: to wade a stream.7. wade in or into,a. to begin energetically.b. to attack strongly: to wade into a thoughtless child; to wade into a mob of rioters.n.8. an act or instance of wading: We went for a wade in the shallows.[bef. 900; ME waden to go, wade, OE wadan to go; c. G waten, ON vatha; akin to OE waed ford, sea, L vadum shoal, ford, vadere to go, rush]Syn. 4. labor, toil, plod, plow, work.
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